"Please Prepay"

Yesterday’s post about The Speed of Trust hit me in a new way this morning when I was filling up with gas. The sign on the pump said, “Please Prepay.” Wow, does that slow things down, doesn’t it? Instead of simply filling up and walking in to pay, I have to walk in, walk out, fill up, and walk in again. That also has to create extra overhead for the workers if I overpay the first time in: they have to keep track of how much I gave them and then look it up when I come in for change. If I underpay then I suppose I don’t get a full gas tank and either have to fill up more often or go through further rigmarole to top off.

Yet one more way that the world is slowed down because of the number of people who aren’t trustworthy.

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